Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2014

It’s the tenth year of the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, celebrating each year’s top crime novels. Every year has been nail-biting for us at The Murder Room. There’s no doubt that the judging panel are very good at selecting the strongest crime writers at the peak of their game.

Well, Theakston’s have done it again, announcing their longlist and it’s a brilliant list, including Orion’s Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin, while Richard Crompton’s excellent The Honey Guide represents the strong new debuts we’ve seen this year alongside The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay. The book to watch, however, is Denise Mina’s The Red Road. Her two previous titles The End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts having won the coveted £3,000 and engraved barrel the past two years, and her new book The Red Road being undoubtedly one of her finest, will Denise Mina make it a hat trick this year?


Denise Mina Harrogate 2012

Denise Mina with her award in 2012 . . .

Denise Mina Harrogate 2013

. . . and again in 2013.


We’ll find out soon. The shortlist will be announced on 1 July, with the winner decided in part by public vote.

For the complete shortlist, see below:

  • Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham
  • Like This, For Ever by Sharon Bolton
  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child
  • The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton
  • The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
  • Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
  • Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes
  • The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay
  • The Chessmen by Peter May
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
  • The Red Road by Denise Mina
  • Ratlines by Stuart Neville
  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin
  • Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
  • Eleven Days by Stav Sherez
  • Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth


The Red Road, The Honey Guide and Standing in Another Man’s Grave are published by Orion and are available now.